by Philip Larkin
They fuck you up, your mum and dad.
They may not mean to, but they do.
They fill you with the faults they had
And add some extra, just for you.
You can read the rest of Larkin’s poem here.
Here is a poem by J. Patrick Lewis—written in the style of This Be the Verse:
It Doesn’t Matter What You Do
After Philip Larkin
by J. Patrick Lewis
You fuck them up, your girl and boy.
It doesn’t matter what you do.
The latest theories you employ
Will make them flaming assholes, too.
And then, to maximize despair,
Greedy daughters and selfish sons
Repay your fine parental care
By breeding Young Republicans.